Published Jun 9, 2009
I am a fairly new nurse and would like to know the proper way to do a med pass? Since i work in LTC i am mostly focused on med pass and tx's. I am pretty sure i am doing things properly but when you have someone watching over your shoulder things can get nerve racking.
If a resident refuses meds I know I must attempt to readmin 3x's. Must i discard the refused meds and retry again with new ones?
No recapping of needles, so when giving insulin i can recap until it is administered then it can not be recapped?
Thank to all who take the time to reply!!!!
In LTC, your facility may have a "cheat sheet" on proper med admin...I know mine did! Also, be sure to check out the "do not crush" list. Your facility should also have one of these lying around. Ask around, a good DON should have one available for staff.
thank you, we don't have one....
CoffeeRTC, BSN, RN
Agh...the LTC med pass. No recapping after you give the injection. The needles should have some type of safety device.
Yes you should try a few times to give the meds. I normaly keep them in the top drawer with the name on them. (Check you policy) Throwing them out every time can be $$.
Your facility or pharmacy should have a list of med adm rules.
Keep your cart locked when you walk away or turn your back. Do all the checks, make sure you are giving enough fluids with the meds.
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